|Day of meeting||Monthly, 4th Thursday|
|Time||7:00 - 9:00|
|Venue||The Gables Bridge Club, Queens Road|
|Click the link to email:||Astronomy leader|
Astro Group activities include:
- presentations and discussions on every aspect of astronomy
- star gazing and observing with telescopes (weather dependent of course)
- sessions on the purchase and use of telescopes
- visits to observatories and planetariums
- evening talks at nearby universities
- visits to astronomy fairs
No technical knowledge or observing equipment is required. The purpose of the group is to learn about all aspects of Astronomy and the universe around us. If you decide to purchase a telescope or binoculars sound advice will be given on the most suitable equipment to match your needs and budget.
There is some limited car parking space at the Bridge Club, otherwise on Queens Road. A hot drink and biscuits are available.
------- ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS for the astronomer -----------------------------------
- SpaceWeather. A website giving daily updates on interesting events going on up there. Includes sunspot count, solar and lunar eclipses, occultations and other fascinating topics. Want to know when there's a chance of catching those aurorae or a noctilucent cloud display? This site will help you.
- NASA website. The website for all things in space exploration. Be sure to visit the Galleries section!
- NASA Eclipses. Here you will find a table leading to full details of past and upcoming solar and lunar eclipses. Tells you where you may have to travel to for the best viewing experience. Eclipse predictions are by the renowned Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC Emeritus.
- Met Office forecast. Find out if you should dust off the 'scope tonight.
Click to view ASTRONOMY PICTURE GALLERY
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Feb 27th||The Andromeda Galaxy|
The Group Leader gives a presentation on The Milky Way’s sister will take you to its centre, compare and contrast these siblings, show their place in the universe and how, as they age, will become ever closer.
|Thu Mar 26th||A New Eye on the Universe|
Rick Tyres, Southport AS, describes how gravitational waves will provide the ultimate means of measuring and examining the universe, possibly to the beginning of time.
|Thu Apr 23rd||Women Astronomers & Astrophysicists|
The Group Leader gives a presentation on how women progressed, against the odds, to become scientists who made great, but mostly forgotten, contributions to astronomy and the physics of the universe.
|Thu May 28th||The Herschels|
|Thu Jun 25th||Astronomy in Lancashire|
Professor Alan Chapman
|Thu Jul 23rd||Black Holes|
|Thu Aug 27th||Quiz Night (Annual Exam!)|
|Thu Sep 24th||Solar Flares|
Professor Philippa Browning
|Thu Oct 22nd||Presentation|
Professor Andy Newsom
|Thu Nov 26th||Presentation|
Dr Steve Barrett
|Thu Dec 3rd||Winter Solstice Dinner|
Venue to be confirmed